What Can Consumers Do To Keep Bacteria At Bay?

Let’s explain how you can reduce the risk of poultry contamination by bacteria in your own home.

Canadian chicken is available to consumers in a wide variety of choices. In fact, you can read all about the variety of chicken in our Wheel of Chicken. This will help you understand what all these labels mean so you can always make the choice you’re most comfortable with.

But remember, no matter what type of chicken you buy, your role is important, too.  Good practices in your kitchen can reduce your risk of contamination by any bacteria – resistant or not.

Just follow the rules you’ve always known:

  • Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often (use soapy water)
  • Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate (keep raw chicken away from other foods and use separate cutting boards)
  • Cook: Cook to proper temperatures (180ºF for whole chicken and 165ºF for parts)
  • Chill: Refrigerate promptly

To learn more, make sure to check out our “Antibiotics” section or take a look at our new magazine on the subject.